Key Facts

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The King County Housing Authority provides rental housing and rental assistance to more than 18,000 households. Of these, 9,639 rent affordable housing on the private market with help from federally funded Section 8 vouchers. More than 2,500 vouchers are reserved for people with unique needs, such as homeless families and people with disabilities.

Housing Inventory

9,092 households rent affordable housing at one of 115 properties that KCHA either owns or controls:

Program Sites Units
Bond-Financed Housing 34 3,791
Subsidized Housing — Senior/Disabled
19 1,260
Project-Based Section 8
30 1,234
Subsidized Housing — Families
13 752
Tax Credit Partnerships
5 707
Miscellaneous
8 703
Manufactured Housing 4 431
Nonprofit Partnerships 17 182
Permanent Supportive 1 32

Nonprofit partnerships bring together KCHA and local service agencies. They provide emergency and transitional housing for homeless families and people with special needs.

KCHA uses a mix of in-house management, in-house maintenance, and private management firms to oversee its housing. KCHA's properties are valued at approximately $393 million. We make roughly $14 million in capital improvements each year.

Section 8 Voucher Demographics

As of October 2015, 9,639 households and 25,967 individuals lived in housing leased with Section 8 vouchers. 41 percent of households renting with Section 8 vouchers are families. 33 percent are disabled or include a person with a disability and 26 percent are elderly.

The average income for families is $16,188 per year. Disabled households average $13,294 per year. Elderly households average $13,788 per year. 71 percent of families earn some income from working, and 15 percent receive income from TANF. Supplemental Security Income and/or Social Security provide income for the majority of elderly and disabled households.

85 percent of all households live on 30 percent of area median income or less.

46 percent of households are white; 41 percent are black or African-American; 6 percent are Asian; 8 percent are Latino; 2 percent are Native American; and 2 percent are Pacific Islander.

Subsidized Housing Demographics

As of October 2015, 2,091 households and 4,176 individuals lived in subsidized housing. 49 percent of households living in subsidized housing are elderly. 24 percent are families and 27 percent are disabled or include a person with a disability.

The average income for families is $18,420 per year. Elderly households average $12,121 per year. Disabled households average $12,043 per year. About 79 percent of families earn some income from working, and 14 percent receive income from TANF. Supplemental Security Income and/or Social Security provide income for 93 percent of elderly and 86 percent of disabled households.

89 percent of all households live on 30 percent of area median income or less.

50 percent of households are white; 25 percent are black or African-American; 17 percent are Asian; 8 percent are Latino; 1 percent are Native American; and 1 percent are Pacific Islander. (Note: Of all subsidized housing participants, 8 percent identify as Hispanic/Latino.)

Main Office
600 Andover Park W.
Tukwila, WA 98188
Tel: (206) 574-1100
Fax: (206) 574-1104
TDD: (800) 833-6388
Directions

Section 8 Office
700 Andover Park W.
Tukwila, WA 98188
Tel: (206) 214-1300
Fax: (206) 243-5927
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